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    Match Previews Four Day, Round 2

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    Division 1


    Kent vs South Australia

    Some players are bound to enter the wrong dressing in what might just be a turbulent class between Kent and South Australia. Ben Allen, who spent three freely successful season's at Kent earning, is the only player that might actually head into the home team room, but it'd be pretty funny none the less if he did by mistake.

    "It'll be good to see some of my old mates, but I'm afriad I'll giving 110% to see them beaten. I'm a professional so I won't let emotion get in the way." People are expecting a rough reception for Allen when he makes his return to Canterbury.

    On the other hand its gonna be rather emotional for R Stratton. WCC's premier allrounder plays his old team, although according to the player that wont really be the case. "The new manager has really played around with the side. There'll be several unfamiliar faces in the squad. I'll be sure to say 'hi' to my old pal Hugh [Alexby] but thats about it really"

    South Australia have to be regarded favourites in this match. They are attempting to make it a three peat in the four day game. Kent in their first dig at top division four day cricket wanna make something of it.

    In my honest opinion there's not seperating these two teams. Kent has got excellent depth in their batting line up. With Manjrekar batting at eight, the South Australian bowlers are going to have to work hard to bowl Kent out. Batting at eight for South Australia is Ferguson (i'm assuming that btw, cause K French is listed at 8 for SA) who is a couple of steps down in batting class from Manjrekar. Kent have got the advantage with the bat.

    Both bowling attacks are similar but I think again that Kent have the egde here. Ferguson, Graham, Axelby and Taylor are the main stays of the SA attack and it's hard to give them an edge over the likes of an attack featuring Stratton, Onley, Khan, Hawkins and Dyer.

    It's going to be close, but I'm picking Kent by a nose...



    Karnataka vs Yorkshire

    Yorkshire's time in the top flight is now more than ever in serious crapola. Looking across a talented division one, it's hard to see them winning anything, especially against Karnataka. It'd be fear to say that there are teams as low as division 4 that would fancy there chance against a team once consider the UKs best.

    Across the park its a simple case the Karnataka have too much talent. Kale, Wilkins, Maxwell, Keegan, Rangnekar, Benkeistine and Jones makes for a formidle batting line up. W Tendulkar will carry the burden for Yorkshire. He is going to have to fight off the likes Ali, Wadekar and Malinga. No easy task by all means. If he always weight will fall upon S Weir, so hope is indeed thin for Yorkshire.

    Not much more can said of this game except Karnataka by ten lengths



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    you doing any more nibbs? if so I look for to them

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    Lancashire Vs Surrey

    ummm, yeh. I've never really liked Surrey as a team much, but hey, I can't help what I think. Lancashire are very underrated, but imo not the best British WCC team. Both these sides are packed with potential and will probably be happy with consildating their division one status for another season.

    Expect the cool heads of Lancashire like Hayden and Dravid to be too good for Surrey bowling attack. They don't honestly think they've got a bowler who can relied on week in, week out. But hey, that's my opinion, I could be wrong

    Surrey have Pandit (i think that's his name) and he's going to have to go nuts if Surrey are to get any from this game. They've got their work cut out for them here, and he's going to have lead the Surrey batting charge. Lancashire have a good bowling attack and they should be troubled here.


    Lancashire to win, and come the end of the season Surrey will probably be back in division 2

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    Division 5

    Mashonaland vs Auckland
    After seadily rebuilding over the past few season Auckland seem ready to begin their charge. They're in top form in the one day and I wont be surprised if that continues in this four day round. Mashonaland although promoted to division 4 in the one day, just don't seem to making much progress. They're going to need to pull something out of the hat here against Auckland. They've finished runners up in division 5, for 2 seasons running, a run that imo, is gonna end this season...

    Auckland's batting led Smith and Roberts should have a field day. An attacking featuring Mushtaq, Sami, J Barnwell and H Bradley is hardly one to make batsmen drop their nuts. Auckland should be gunning for the 5 batting bonus points on offer.

    After Mongia Mashonaland have no one that can be relied on. Bravo, Kemp, Liyanage and Plummer should be able to rap this innings up in reasonable time.

    Auckland should crusie to an easy win here.

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    Northern Districts vs Guyana

    Northern Districts, yep its a name which make me laugh out loud. Where'd they go wrong? They had a manager who was just plain dumb. While most teams steadily grew better in WCC, Northern Districts steadily grew worse. What most predicted has happened, they sit in division 5 in both divisions, the only side to have dropped in both forms to this low low division. It's comments like this that might just make the long suffering Guyana manager Mister Wright smile...

    Yep, Jenkins and Jayawardene are a dream combo to have 4 and 5. They'll probably be laughing a fair bit when noticing who they'll up against, Perera, Kitson, Khan, Lacey and Zaheer Khan just to name a few.

    Guyana, still have a long to go before the can reach the great heights of other teams in WCC. Their bowling for instance is nothing flashy. But neiter is NDs batting. The weight goes on Fleming, Smith and Manhus to pull something off. They are the players who hold the key to success for the ND side. If they fire, it might just inspire they're bowlers and anything is possible.

    Guyana haven't won a single four day match under their current manager, however I'm expecting that to change this weekend




    Jamaica vs Free State

    Due to Neil Pickup's bizarre obsession with one day success the Free State four day side, is not one in good shape. Jamaica have not amounted to much in WCC to this stage.

    Jamaica to win...probably...(nb: can't be bothered writing anymore)

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    New South Wales V Mumbai

    Definately Mumbai's batsman sternest task of the season. The NSW bowling line up is almost the best in WCC, and has only been strengthened this season by the addition of Q Moore. It's very hard to see Mumbai getting anything out've this game.

    If Mumbai are a chance their top order has to fire. The game could quite easily be decided in the first session. If Mumbai can stand firm through the NSW bowling onslaught then maybe they can come away with some points. However I can't see this happening. Even if Moore can't reproduce his heroics of last fortnight, Ferguson, Bullbeck and Eaton all wait.

    Mumbai were definately shown up last time by Tamil Nadu so it'll be interesting to see if they crumble again when things start going wrong again. Admittedly the NSW batting line up is a little out've place in Div 2 and the Mumbai bowlers have to bowl with heart if they are to be in with a chance. I just can't see however the Mumbai bowling line up which is a little weak themeselves getting on top.

    NSW should get this one pretty easily... If there batting line up does fail then there bowlers will be inspired to bowl with even more venom.


    Tamil Nadu v Western Australia

    With Western Australia's manager on a long holiday in hospital visiting his sick elephent the Tamil NAdu side should have it easy here. They're class all round and will win.

    Hampshire v Queensland

    Queensland are going to have their best cricket to this match. This match however should produce a lot of runs from both teams bats. However I think Hampshire are going to get more. There isn't a weakness in their batting line up. They have a lot of experience and a lot of youthful excitement.

    There bowlers are going to have to put it on a length consistently or otherwise they will pay. The key for them really rests in Salvi being able to bowl good consistant line and lengths and mix it up a lot. If Salvi can get going the QLD side usually lifts aroudnd him.

    Hampshire's bowling strength lies in former NSW spinner McDowell and whilst he hasn't set the world on fire at Hampshire yet he might be in store for something this round. The wicket just might turn enough for him and consistenly enough as the game gets on that he might take 10 or more wickets. Even if he doesn't fire though the QLD batting line up isn't strong enough to put enough runs on the board against Hampshire and Hampshire should run out to a victory.

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    Worcestershire V Western Province

    Both of these sides have totally different motives. Western Province want to win promotion this year, Worcester wanna avoid it. As a result both will be playing with heart. Can Province keep their early momentum going and will Worcester slump to another big 4 day defeat.

    It's hard when you look at the Worcester side to see how they're going to do it,. In the past they have proved to be one of Province's bogey teams who always pull out their best cricket when playing Province.

    All over the park however in every department Province is far stronger. The middle order of Worcester are really going to have to bind very well if they are going to get anything out've this one. Lovell needs to continue his form going and Bowler is going to have be strong and resilliant. If this happens then Province's bowlers will just have to remain strong and know the wickets will fall. They have 6 bowlers all who can destroy oppositions and I think this might be too much for poor Worcester.

    The Worcester bowlers have got a tough and long job and they have to understand they might be in the field for a few days. If Province can get on top from the start with Llewellyn and Darden then there will be no looking back and Province will pile on the runs.

    Province are expecting to lap Worcester here even though it's only the 100m freestyle.


    Glamorgan V Tasmania

    These sort've games are so important to these teams as they are ones where they can realistically win. And they'll need to win if they are to avoid relegation.

    To me Tasmania are a more finely tuned engine than Glamorgan and they should this one.They have three main stars in their side in FLower, Canning and Akram. If one of these play to their full potential then Glamorgan will struggle.

    Y Engineer is the main draw card for Andre and his Glamorgan boys. He'll need to fire here because there are too many players in the Tasmanian side that if they are playing against poor bowlers will rip them to shreds.


    Canterbury V Warwickshre

    The match of the round in my opinion. Both these sides are right in the mix of it for this division and it's the first game of this nature in division 3. where the two of the big 3 are playing against each other.

    Canterbury at home... On a turning pitch with O Clarke might be a tough proposition for most... Not for Warwickshire. The key lies with skipper Sriram for Warwicks. If he seems unsettled by Clarke and co then the rest of the young order might to. They can however bat down to 9 which could be a big saving grace in this game. Clarke better put his skates on and lift the rest of the bowlers or they could struggle here.

    It's going to be grat to see Nelson and Gregson bowl against a good batting line up. Nelson has always struggled in the past and never lived up to potential. but now that he has someone of Gregson's class hurling them down it'll be interesting to see if they can extract nything out've this pitch.

    If they can and either of them takes wickets it's game set match. But they have to get something out've this spinning pitch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nibbs
    Northern Districts vs Guyana

    Northern Districts, yep its a name which make me laugh out loud. Where'd they go wrong? They had a manager who was just plain dumb. While most teams steadily grew better in WCC, Northern Districts steadily grew worse. What most predicted has happened, they sit in division 5 in both divisions, the only side to have dropped in both forms to this low low division. It's comments like this that might just make the long suffering Guyana manager Mister Wright smile...

    Yep, Jenkins and Jayawardene are a dream combo to have 4 and 5. They'll probably be laughing a fair bit when noticing who they'll up against, Perera, Kitson, Khan, Lacey and Zaheer Khan just to name a few.

    Guyana, still have a long to go before the can reach the great heights of other teams in WCC. Their bowling for instance is nothing flashy. But neiter is NDs batting. The weight goes on Fleming, Smith and Manhus to pull something off. They are the players who hold the key to success for the ND side. If they fire, it might just inspire they're bowlers and anything is possible.

    Guyana haven't won a single four day match under their current manager, however I'm expecting that to change this weekend




    Jamaica vs Free State

    Due to Neil Pickup's bizarre obsession with one day success the Free State four day side, is not one in good shape. Jamaica have not amounted to much in WCC to this stage.

    Jamaica to win...probably...(nb: can't be bothered writing anymore)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Slats4ever
    Worcestershire V Western Province

    Both of these sides have totally different motives. Western Province want to win promotion this year, Worcester wanna avoid it.


    Worcs wanna avoid Promotion??? do you have proof to back these allegations Ian?? Match Fixing i think

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    Quote Originally Posted by nibbs
    Jamaica vs Free State

    Due to Neil Pickup's bizarre obsession with one day success the Free State four day side, is not one in good shape. Jamaica have not amounted to much in WCC to this stage.

    Jamaica to win...probably...(nb: can't be bothered writing anymore)
    I'm hurt deeply by your comments nibbs.

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    take it on the chin dave

    dj, i was referring to eyes only. she wrecked ND

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    Quote Originally Posted by nibbs
    Northern Districts vs Guyana

    Northern Districts, yep its a name which make me laugh out loud. Where'd they go wrong? They had a manager who was just plain dumb. While most teams steadily grew better in WCC, Northern Districts steadily grew worse. What most predicted has happened, they sit in division 5 in both divisions, the only side to have dropped in both forms to this low low division. It's comments like this that might just make the long suffering Guyana manager Mister Wright smile...

    Yep, Jenkins and Jayawardene are a dream combo to have 4 and 5. They'll probably be laughing a fair bit when noticing who they'll up against, Perera, Kitson, Khan, Lacey and Zaheer Khan just to name a few.

    Guyana, still have a long to go before the can reach the great heights of other teams in WCC. Their bowling for instance is nothing flashy. But neiter is NDs batting. The weight goes on Fleming, Smith and Manhus to pull something off. They are the players who hold the key to success for the ND side. If they fire, it might just inspire they're bowlers and anything is possible.

    Guyana haven't won a single four day match under their current manager, however I'm expecting that to change this weekend
    Well, I'm here to sort it out now.

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